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Those of you who used (or registered) for Ferrit, beware....

This morning my wife received a spam email with ominous overtones; the destination address concerned was only ever used on

The bonus with using role-driven email addresses is that you have instant ID on where an address was sourced from. Thus the email concerned could only have come from one place; Ferrit's Database of customers; or someone associated with Ferrit.

My wife did infact purchase things through Ferrit. Twice. One has to ask though, how do someones personal details wind up being used for spam purposes?!

Telecom NZ - Over to you! Meanwhile I guess we have to engineer yet another spam-black-hole on an email address that's now a write-off :(

So it's time to put this somewhere that someone who can fix it, might actually read it.

How can the update be AFTER the current time 'today' ??
Obviously 'today' is not being measured in 'local time' despite this:

Some of facebook's recent changes are damned frustrating for the poor lil' user whos perspective doesn't seem to mean much!

3 News Video from Tonights newscast covering the reports of the NZ Security Intelligence Service asking Universities to watch out for suspicious behavior relating to WMD's.

The canned footage of 'NZSIS HQ', however, was from Stout Street... the location of NZDF HQ and NZSIS HQ until the end of 2006. By early 2007 (perhaps unfortunately for TV3), the NZSIS moved locations some 3 years ago? when Defence HQ moved from Stout St, to Aitken St. The fact that both NZDF and NZSIS is no secret ((Defence Update October 06, Page 2) and it's validated by the NZSIS's own Contact Us page.

(For the truly nosey, you could compare shots in the TV3 Clip with Google Street View.)

C'mon TV3, keep up!! :)

In case you've been hiding under a copyright rock - This clip, taken from , is definately worth a watch. Seems like an appropriate time to once-again plug the excellent work that the Creative Freedom Foundation are doing in getting the message out there in a coherent fashion.

© kiwiright from fyminc on Vimeo.

I don't know about you but I really don't know that being taken to court for taking photos in a tourist spot is really a risk I see as in any way reasonable. And yet that day may well be coming.

Nicely done, Colin. ACTA is a threat to all of our freedoms and the Government needs to remember it's obligation to remain transparent to the public... ! Nevermind that the logic of ACTA itself is flawed.

Vint Cerf denies that Google 'knows who you are'. And the room chuckles..

Worth reading, and worth considering. How much does Google know about you ??

Hat Tip to Mauricio Freitas via Twitter for this find. (Source link is here). They've definately got IT sorted! (Hint: Check the price out.)

A WellyLUG'r pointed out this rather Critical Review of Karmic Koala - the latest Ubuntu release (v9.10).

Hafta say, the tone of the article rings true with what i've heard. I have definately taken the approach that i'll upgrade _slowly_ to give the bugs a change to work their way out. My Eee still runs an 8.10 based build (I think) and my Ubuntu Desktop is sitting quietly on a 9.04 install, quite comfortable. No rush to go to 9.10 here - especially as it seems that upgrades are dicey!!

C'mon Canonical, you need to keep the faith with your fans, or they are going to go elsewhere. Remember, in the F/OSS world the choice is very much ours.

Kudos to Mark for writing this up..

Strongly recommended reading to anyone who values their freedoms - online or otherwise.

The more I read about copyright, the more i'm convinced it's being taken too far...

Found this video via a Tweet from @HuttNZ and nearly responded on Youtube; however that'd be a little too much like feeding the crazy ones, so here's my thoughts...

The former General Motors factory in Trnetham has least two legitimate uses... a movie set, and as office space for the NZDF Joint Logistics and Support Organisation. Supporting Links: (Text of an article which I think I originally read in the Upper Hutt Leader).

Funny the conclusions some people can come to?

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